Origin of a Poem–Kindness

Many years ago, a friend introduced me to the poetry of Naomi Shihab Nye.  He appreciated how she occupied and read her poetry.  So do I.

Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem, Kindness, is widely read.  And it’s no wonder.  In this video clip, she relates how she came to write this poem.  Then, she recites her poem.  Regardless of how many times that I read or hear this poem, I am deeply moved.

May I bring the message of this poem into my encounters today.

Contemplation:
How prepared are you to take down a poem when it presents itself to you?  I’ve been driving, walking down a path or in the shower when a poem comes to me full blown (and sometimes without the need for editing)!  I am the scribe, available to the recitation whenever and wherever it comes.  Maybe I need a bumper sticker “I brake for poems!”

Note:  Carry your pocket journal and a pen with you.  You truly never know when a brilliant idea is going to cross your path.

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